You may not know Darlene Love’s name (though you should).
You sure know her music. Under Phil Spector, she sang lead on the Crystals’ “He’s a Rebel.” She worked with everyone from Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick and the Beach Boys to Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and Sonny & Cher. She performed on Broadway (“Hairspray,” “Grease,” and as herself in the first jukebox musical ever, “Leader of the Pack”), then won a Grammy for her featured role in the Oscar-winning “20 Feet From Stardom,” about backup singers.
The New York Times said: “Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.”
Oh, yeah. She’s ranked among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers. And in 2011, she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
On July 16, Darlene Love comes to the Levitt Pavilion. It’s a benefit performance that helps support dozens of nights of free programs. Tickets go on sale today (Monday, June 21) at 2 p.m. Click here for details, and to purchase.
So what free programs will Darlene Love’s show support?
Here’s the rest of June:
- June 22: Treehouse Comedy
- June 24: Aztec Two-Step 2.0, featuring Westport’s own Dodie Pettit and Rex Fowler
- June 25: PJ Pacifico (full band show)
- June 26: Nicole Henry
- June 27: Bunky Griptite Orchestra
- June 29: Suzanne Sheridan Band
- June 30: Grammy winner Joanie Leeds — Children’s Series launch.
For free tickets to those June shows, more details, and a calendar for July and August, click here.